From Josiah Meigs
Washington City Feb. 16. 1815
My respected Friend
I cannot resist an impulse which all good men must feel. With the multitude of my Brethren of the United States, I congratulate you on the astonishing events of which we have received information within a very short period.
Next to that Good Being who has kindly guided this great people to their present happy state, I feel an emotion of Gratitude to Mr Jefferson which I have not language to express.
Your evening of life will be calm, serene1 & glorious.
I promise myself the pleasure of paying you my respects2 personally in the course of the approaching summer—
I ask no excuse for this Note—It certainly needs none—
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esq”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Feb. 1815 and so recorded in SJL, which mistakenly dates the letter 15 Feb. 1815.
1. Manuscript: “serenee.”
2. Manuscript: “respcts.”